For first-time visitors the world-famous Konopiste Chateau or Karlstejn Castle are natural choices for daytrips outside of Prague but one destination visitors might want to consider is the royal Czech town of Rakovnik, a veritable historic gem found less than 60 kilometres west of the Czech capital. Archaeologists have found that long before it was established as a town, the site of Rakovnik and its surroundings, was favoured by tribes as far back as the Stone Age. Finds on display at the local TG Masaryk Museum in Rakovnik show some of the oldest
Almost six hundred years ago, the Jewish community in what is now west Bohemia bought some land on the outskirts of Plzen, west Bohemia, to build a cemetery. A few decades later the land was confiscated and the community expelled. Since then, very little has been known about the location of the burial site. But now, a team of archaeologists say the cemetery is right beneath land that is to house a new billion-crown commercial centre. Dita Asiedu reports:
Anyone interested in archaeology is likely to be attracted to a new exhibition just opening at the Prague City Museum titled "Through the Valley of Shadows". The exhibit - which took a year to prepare - features samples of a number of Prague burial sites dating from as far back as the Stone Age to the early Middle Ages. It shows how ancient cultures - German, Celtic, and Slavic - dealt with death in practical as well as symbolic terms.
Historians working in the library of a Benedictine monastery in Rajhrad near the city of Brno have made an extraordinary discovery. By accident they found a fragment of a manuscript most likely dating as far back as the 8th century. If its age and origin are indeed confirmed, the fragment will be treasured as one of two oldest documents owned by cultural institutions in Moravia.
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The body of a drowned man estimated to be in his early twenties was found on Saturday on a river near Stribrna Skalice, a small town in Central Bohemia. The man is believed to be a foreigner. This week saw an unusual number of drowning accidents in the Czech Republic: on the state holidays on July 5th and 6th seven people, including a four-year old boy, lost their lives, either drowning in swimming pools or at recreational reservoirs. On Saturday, an older man in southern Bohemia became the latest drowning fatality - he may have also suffered a heart attack.
In less than a month's time, a team of Czech scientists will leave for the Mongolian desert of Gobi to spend a month at a rich fossil location looking for the remains of dinosaurs. The team of Expedition Gobi 2006 are now making the final preparations and also bracing themselves for the rough weather conditions of the Mongolian desert. By the end of the project in 2009, they are hoping to excavate and bring back to the Czech Republic a complete dinosaur skeleton to be displayed in Prague.
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